What is the ‘user experience’ thing? – Sift Digital explain what user experience is, what it’s for and who does it.
Government Digital Service Content Design Principles – style guide for written content on the GOV.UK website.
They advocate words and language – both their meaning and visual form – as the starting point in any design process, before things like colour and aesthetics. Tone and voice play a critical role in communication. When you craft words with as much care as visual elements, the effect you achieve with your design is greater than the sum of its parts.
Contrast Rebellion – a well-crafted lesson in ensuring type on the web is readable using high contrast. Has some good examples of how designers can let their aesthetic preferences trump readability. This article reminded me I need to tweak the contrast in the new theme I’m using on this site. I’m guilty of having some grey type on creamy background colours and the links in the right-hand sidebar are too lightweight.